This Illustrated List of food products show food items with radioactive level above the Japanese legal limits, as well as items that you want to watch out for in the year 2013. This was created by Yokohama Citizens’ Radioactivity Monitoring Station.
Japanese Government does not give strict regulations on the distribution of foods from Tohoku & Kanto regions. There have been contaminated food sold in markets, and some food products are contaminated even outside Tohoku. By state regulation, 17 prefectures are subjected to have their products monitored. But even under the ‘permissible limits’ of radiation proposed by the government, radioactive materials are cumulative in your body after long-term low-levels exposure. We have various information and monitoring data today thanks to people’s radiation monitoring groups.
Some foods tend to accumulate more radiation than others. When you deal with following foods, be watchful of the origin of produce, or if you don’t know where they come from, simply avoid eating them. Now you can say the names aloud in Japanese too.
- Seaweed (includes nori used in sushi) or KA-EE-SO
- Bamboo shoots or TAH-KEH-NO-KO
- Mushrooms or KINOKO
- Wild mountain vegetables or SUN-SIGH
- Small fish or KOZAKANA
- Clams or KAI
- Tea or OCHA
- Herbs or HAH-BU
- Berries (blueberries, cranberries etc) or BERII
- Spinach or HO-REN-SO
- Cabbage or KYA-BET-ZOO
- Barley or MOO-GUI
- Dairy products or NEW-SAY-HING
Reference: Yuko Ogura, Akira Suganuma “Shoku De Taisaku! Houshanou” (2012)